‘Worlds On Fire’ opens tonight…

Will.i.am presents Worlds on Fire (previewed here), a pop music and pop art collaboration. This special exhibit will serve as the premier event to kick off Grammy week. Worlds on Fire was conceived by will.i.am, one of pop music’s most creative, socially conscious and influential artists today, in conjunction with his popular social and political networking site, Dipdive.com.

Only the most popular and renowned pop surrealism artists have been commissioned to immortalize an elite selection of this year’s Grammy nominees with a personal portrait at the World on Fire exhibition. The portrait will serve as a lasting impression of the musician to commemorate their outstanding contributions to the world of music. Artists such as Ron English, Van Arno, Ian Johnson, Greg Gossel, Lori Earley and many more will have their works of art on display featuring 25 musical icons including Paul McCartney, B.B. King, Al Green, Metallica, Jay-Z and Madonna. All of the original artwork will be on sale via silent auction with limited edition prints of each individual portrait also available for purchase.

Worlds on Fire is teaming up with leading arts and entertainment tastemaker, Gen Art, to host this Grammy week-long exhibition curetted by the Shooting Gallery, Kris Lewis, Justin Giarla and will.i.am. Proceeds from Worlds on Fire will benefit local charities including will.i.am’s The Peapod Foundation and the Watts Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club to support Los Angeles youths in need.

Pacific Electric Lofts (Corner Of 6th And Main) 610 S. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90014

Opening Reception Hosted By Gen Art & will.i.am:
Monday, February 2nd, 2009 7:00PM – 1:00AM (this appears to be invite only – please be aware of this before attending tonight – but open throughout the week with other events to follow…)

Gallery Hours:
February 3rd – February 8th, 2009 1:00PM – 7:00PM

Some great preview shots are posted over at Arrested Motion here.

For all the latest, check out www.dipdive.com

‘Looking Glass’ sneak peek #2 – Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor
Acrylic, cut paper, HB pencil, cut out silk screened images on paper mounted to wood panel
This is the 2nd in our sneak peek series leading up to our ‘Looking Glass’ exhibit taking place during Art Basel this December in Miami at the Gen Art Vanguard Fair (see previous post for full details). We’re aiming to have a digital collector preview go out the week of the show (Dec. 4th – Dec. 7th), so please let us know if you’d like to receive that.
Look for additional ‘sneak peeks’ to be posted in the coming weeks and be sure to watch Arrested Motion for live blogging from Miami during Art Basel / Gen Art Vanguard.
The work of Peter Taylor is all about finding ‘balance’, both in life and in the creative process. Showing strength in both drawing and collage based work, Taylor‘s latest series continues to explore themes of joy; and how one needs to find balance in all things to achieve that. I have to say that looking at his work brings on a calming, meditative state of sorts for me.
Taylor comments further on the characters that populate his world, “Sometimes I think they are enlightened and wise, but most of the time I think they have found wisdom to enjoy the present, while celebrating their personal journey. They are therapeutic for me and help me find my own balance.”
In addition to the collage based piece previewed above, Taylor will also be exhibiting five beautifully detailed graphite works on paper that have been nicely custom framed for the fair.
His contributions to the ‘Looking Glass’ exhibit are the first step in building towards his debut Los Angeles solo show with us during fall 2010.
Taylor has shown all over North America during the past few years, building a loyal following for his Budha inspired work in the process. His work has shown with such respected galleries as BLVD. Gallery (Seattle), Gallery 1988 (Los Angeles/San Francisco), Gallery 16 1/2 (Vancouver) and was also included in the ‘Superhero’ exhibit curated by Murphy Design at this past summer’s ComiCon Convention in San Diego.